Mullins Serves as Chair of Football Committee

Steve Mullins, director of athletics at Arkansas Tech University, is serving as chair of the NCAA Division II Football Committee during the 2017-18 academic year.

Mullins has been a member of the national committee since the 2013-14 academic year.

“It is an honor to chair this important committee,” said Mullins. “This committee has the opportunity to continue to make Division II football a unique experience for student-athletes and guide its direction, and I look forward to the work we have ahead of us this year.”

Mullins said that recent initiatives by the committee have included enhanced safety measures for student-athletes and creating a greater balance in the number of institutions in each of the four super regions that are used to select teams for the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Mullins has served as director of athletics at ATU since April 16, 2003. He was head football coach at Arkansas Tech from 1997-2012, during which time he compiled a record of 96-75 while guiding the Wonder Boys to three NCAA Division II Playoffs appearances and the 1999 Gulf South Conference championship. Mullins is the all-time leader in victories by an ATU head football coach.

The eight-person committee provides oversight for all aspects of NCAA Division II football, ranging from preseason practice regulations to the administration of the NCAA Division II Playoffs and national championship game.

Along with Mullins, the 2017 NCAA Division II Football Committee includes Dick Christy, director of athletics at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke; Kent Weiser, director of athletics at Emporia State University; Nick Smith, director of athletics at Assumption College; Daryl Dickey, director of athletics at the University of West Georgia; Gary Pine, director of athletics at Azusa Pacific University; Reid Amos, commissioner of the Mountain East Conference; and John Wristen, head football coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

News release courtesy of ATU Office of Athletic Communications.